Columbus Handyman with Home Improvement Tips and Home Remodeling to Increase Property Value

Columbus Handyman Services:  Home Remodeling, Home Repairs, Home Improvement Projects to increase the value of your property.

I’m looking to do a couple of home improvement projects within the next year and I am curious on what kind of impact that it will have on my home’s value?  Elyse, Dexter

Very good question and one that is asked by many of us homeowners in 2010, because the rules have changed in our new economy and the answer may differ than in years past.

If you're planning to put your home on the market this year, the highest return for home improvements projects are consistent with previous years. 
“The highest return for your buck has always been paint, soap and water”, says Plymouth real estate agent Sandi McColay. “It also makes sense to spend a $100 a month to de-clutter and put all junk in a storage facility”.

And the good news is that according to Remodeling Magazine Cost -vs- Value report 2008-2009, most home improvement projects are still increasing the value of residential homes in the U.S.

A couple of the best returns on investments are adding a deck  or vinyl siding. Both can return approximately 80 percent in your home's value. In other words, if you spent $10,000 on a deck or siding, providing you sold your house within a year, your home's value would increase by $8,000.

Have drafty old windows? Replacing them with new vinyl or wood windows is also a good bet, with returns of more than 77 percent.

Considering a major or minor kitchen remodel or perhaps a bathroom remodel? Experts say that each of these projects can increase the value of your home more than 74 percent of the cost.

The bottom of the home improvement returns includes a home office remodel or backup generator, which bring less than 70 percent return.

One surprise according to Realtor Magazine is despite the recession and the perception of contractors lowering their prices, the average cost of projects has increased, although the percentage of that increase is less than previous years.

Keep in mind that taking on any home improvement project can be a good experience as long as you have done your due diligence and homework. The message I wish to convey to our readers is that there is a return on your investment with most home improvement projects, however the most important aspect is to remodel for your needs, not the resale value.

So don't limit yourself on that new countertop you have always wanted or the new deck with a hot tub that you could be enjoying for years to come. It is about improving your lifestyle, which would be as MasterCard states ... priceless!

Keith Paul is a State of Michigan Licensed Builder. Paul serves as President and founding member of Nationally franchised HandyPro Handyman Services.

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